Cleveland Clinic lays off 200 in 'consolidation' effort

Apparently the Cleveland Clinic didn't get the memo that hospital hiring is supposed to be on the rise (albeit mildly). The facility announced plans to lay off roughly 200 administrative and clinical employees this week as part of "consolidation" efforts, according to MedCity News

One example of those efforts--cited by both MedCity and WCPN--is the Clinic's stance on childbirth. Babies now are only delivered at the facility's Hillcrest and Fairview community hospitals, and not at the main campus. Hospital spokeswoman Eileen Sheil said the decision wasn't an easy one. 

"We've worked very diligently to preserve jobs and have as minimal an impact as possible," she said, according to MedCity

Sheil also told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the "challenging economy" was a factor in the decision, and that they're doing the best they can to preserve jobs, given the circumstances. 

"We're doing everything we can to provide opportunities for people who are impacted by this," she said. 

The Northeast Ohio hospital cut 600 vacant jobs through attrition last year, but projections last December indicated that it would add 1,800 full-time jobs this year. Overall, Cleveland Clinic employs 43,000 people worldwide.

To learn more:
- read this MedCity News article
- check out this WCPN piece
- here's the Cleveland Plain Dealer story
- check out this Associated Press blurb